Planned Parenthood meets with Ivanka to defend its federal funds
A top executive at Planned Parenthood has confirmed a meeting between Ivanka Trump and the group’s president.
President Trump’s daughter recently used her advisory role within the administration to host a sit-down meeting with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Politico reported.
“The purpose of the meeting, from Cecile’s point of view, was to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded, and why it would be a terrible idea for Planned Parenthood to be removed from being able to see Medicaid patients,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told Politico.
Planned Parenthood dodged a legislative bullet in late March when Republican lawmakers failed to pass health care legislation that would have stripped it of federal funding. Ms. Trump told CBC News that her public silence on feminist issues isn’t proof that she hasn’t used influence behind the scenes.
Ms. Richards told the Women in the World conference Wednesday night that private disagreement with Mr. Trump is not good enough.
“Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the crosshairs of basically every single policy we’ve seen in this administration,” Ms. Richards said. Ms. Trump declined to comment to Politico. The conservative website Hot Air said agreeing to such a meeting was a rookie mistake on Ms. Trump’s part.
“Chalk this up to political naivete, and perhaps some tone deafness,” writer Ed Morrissey said Thursday. “The last thing Trump needs while fighting for his agenda on health care reform is a connection to Planned Parenthood, especially as the fight pits him against Freedom Caucus members who could seize on that to paint Trump as too moderate to trust.”
Staff of Planned Parenthood sat down with Ivanka Trump in a bid to help the first daughter understand “what Planned Parenthood does.” Some decried Ms. Trump’s meeting as possibly damaging to her father.